The musical will be directed by Gregory Boyd, the artistic director of the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. The new musical features a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy (The Civil War –Tony nomination) and lyrics by Murphy, music by Tony nominee Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Dracula, Victor/Victoria) and choreography by Marguerite Derricks (Fame, Emmy Awards for "3rd Rock From The Sun" and "Fame LA").
The show, which has had productions in Tampa, FL, and Houston, will play a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, FL, Jan. 4-16, 2011.
Wonderland is the first production of the Broadway Genesis Project, an initiative by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts "to develop and prepare new musical theatre for Broadway." From a show's inception to final staging, the Project "provides a safe and nourishing environment in a state-of-the-art complex with artistic, technical and administrative resources."
The musical was optioned by Judy Lisi, CEO of the Straz Center, and was subsequently produced as its world premiere at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL, in December 2009. In association with the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, in January of 2010, the show was transferred for further development, "becoming one of the highest grossing shows in that theatre's history."
Here's how the show is billed: "In this new musical featuring a new score, Wonderland is a story about a new Alice who has lost her joy in life. Estranged from her husband, alienated from her daughter and in danger of losing her career, Alice finds herself in Wonderland where she encounters strange though familiar characters that help her rediscover the wonder in her life." Wonderland will be produced on Broadway by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO), William Franzblau and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.
The cast, design team and Broadway ticket information will be announced soon.
Tickets for the Tampa tryout of Wonderland: A New Alice. A New Musical Adventure may be purchased by calling (813) 229-STAR (7827) or (800) 955-1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.
The Wonderland concept CD is available through iTunes from Sony Masterworks.
For more information, visit www.WonderlandOnBroadway.com.